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Pilot Mountain’s 36th Mayfest Festival is in the works

PILOT MOUNTAIN – The Pilot Mountain Civic Club has begun planning this year’s Mayfest festival and is accepting vendor applications.

The three-day festival begins on Friday, May 12 and draws to a close on Sunday afternoon. An array of arts, crafts, and food vendors will be set up along Main Street for folks to gander at.

Vehicle traffic is blocked on Main Street for the duration of the event.

In addition, live entertainment and seating will be available beside Town Hall throughout the weekend, according to Pilot Mountain’s Civic Club Vice President Carolyn Boyles

Every year, the event draws 5,000 to 10,000 people to the small town of Pilot Mountain, according to Boyles.

Friday an official ceremony will open the festival with Mayor Dwight Atkins as a speaker and several performances from local school kids and preschool aged children. “It’s really cute,” said Boyles. The street will officially be open for the public to shop at 2 p.m.

Saturday the festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m, according Boyles.

Planning for the event usually happens months ahead of time. The civic club has begun taking applications for craft and food vendors, however, spaces are limited.

One hundred spaces are available for those hoping to sell crafts and arts, and only 12 to 14 spaces are available to those whom wish to provide food at the festival.

“It’s a first come, first served basis,” stated Boyles, with the exception of the food vendors.

“We don’t duplicate food vendors,” said Boyles. She explained that if two people want to sell barbecue only the applicant who applied first will be allowed to sell.

“We don’t want several people selling the same thing,” added Boyles.

Application are coming in steadily, added civic club member Mary Meijboom.”Everything is going well, I expect this to be the best year yet.”

“We usually have more vendors than we have space for,” said Boyles. Hinting that if your looking to set up at the event, turning in your application now would be best.

The cost for a vendor booth start at $100 per 10-foot by 10-foot space. The price for commercial vendors is $150 per space.

For more information about becoming a vendor, contact Meijboom at (336) 368-4180 or Deanna Chilton at (336) 582-8829, or by email at mayfestinformation@yahoo.com.

The streets were quickly filled with local residents and visitors eager to enjoy a Mayfest weekend in Pilot Mountain during a past year’s event.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_crowd.jpgThe streets were quickly filled with local residents and visitors eager to enjoy a Mayfest weekend in Pilot Mountain during a past year’s event.
Applications are rolling in for the 3-day festival

By Eva Winemiller


Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739 or on Twitter @ThePilotNC